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Song Released: 1974

Lady Marmalade Lyrics

Hey Sister, Go Sister, Soul Sister, Sister Flow
Hey Sister, Go Sister, Soul Sister, Sister Flow

He met Marmalade down in Old New Orleans
Struttin' her stuff on the street
She said "Hello,
Hey Joe, you wanna give it a go?" oh


  1. astorian
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    Oct 25th 2012 report

    This son tells the story of a middle aged white businessman who takes a trip to New Orleans, where he meets a mulatto prostitute who calls herself Lady Marmalade.

    She propositions passersby in French, saying "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?" (Translated, that means, "Do you want to go to bed with me tonight?")

    The aforementioned businessman takes her up on the offer, and has a wild night with her.

    But now, months afterward, even though he's back at home living a normal life with a normal family and an ordinary 9 to 5 job, he's still obsessed by the memory of that passionate night he spent with Lady Marmalade.

    Strangely enough, this song was written by Kenny Nolan, who's better known for writing mellow ballads like Frankie Valli's "My Eyes Adored You," and his own hit "I Like Dreaming."

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